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Follow These Tips for Better AC Efficiency

August 3rd, 2020

top corner view of an outside air conditioning unitNo matter what type of cooling system you’re using to keep your home comfortable, there’s a good chance that you’d like to pay less to use it. But as we progress into August, there’s no doubt that your energy bills are going to rise. After all, our air conditioners get a lot of use during this time of the year, and go through a lot of stress as a result.

If your air conditioner isn’t working as efficiently as possible, this exacerbates the problem. If you find yourself paying too much to cool your home and are unsure if there’s any way to change that, we have good news! There are a few ways to change this. Read on to learn more. 

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“Why Is My Air Conditioner Hissing?”

July 20th, 2020

close-up-view-of-refrigerant-lineDon’t worry, you probably don’t have a snake hiding anywhere in your system. Besides, the “hissing” we’re referring to sounds more like air being let out of a tire. Alternatively, you may hear bubbling if this particular air conditioner problem is occurring. What problem is that, you ask?

Refrigerant, leaving then AC system.

Before we go any further, we need to clear up a common misconception. Refrigerant is not meant to leave an AC’s system. Ideally, upon manufacturing your air conditioner has enough refrigerant to last its entire lifespan. It’s in a closed-loop system and is the fluid necessary to transfer heat. It’s quite literally the component that allows your air conditioner to actually cool your living space. So, if it is leaving the system, what does that mean, and why does it matter? Read on to find out! 

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Clogged Drain? Don’t Do This!

July 6th, 2020

hands-washing-head-of-lettuce-over-drain-in-kitchen-sinkWe have some bad news and some good news for you. The bad news is, your current drain cleaning method might be hurting your pipes. The good news is, there are better solutions!

If your current drain cleaning method is to use store-bought chemical drain cleaners to remove clogs in your sinks, bathtub, or shower drains, then we’re afraid this is the wrong way to go. And we get it, it’s frustrating to not be able to deal with a clogged or backed-up drain as quickly as possible.

Imagine you’re brushing your teeth and all of the sudden have an overflowing sink, or you’re taking a shower and find yourself standing in a puddle of water—you want a quick fix, right? But quick fixes are rarely fully effective and almost never permanent. You’ll be treating the symptom, not the actual cause!

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What Is Short-Cycling and Why Is It Bad for Your AC?

June 22nd, 2020

technician-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitOne of the most common and threatening problems for an air conditioner is short-cycling. This issue is both the symptom of a problem and the cause of more problems. Although sometimes there’s a simple fix—like changing the air filter—in other cases it requires a much bigger repair, and contacting an HVAC professional right away is pivotal.

Unless short-cycling is stopped, it will eventually lead to premature AC replacement and waste a lot of energy until then.

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Would Your Home Benefit from a Water Softener?

June 8th, 2020

water-softenerIf you’re like many homeowners, you’ve likely heard of hard water, but you might not know exactly what it is. Hard water happens when there is a high level of minerals in your water supply—namely calcium, magnesium, and even iron. These minerals create deposits in your plumbing system that can cause a number of issues. No, ingesting these minerals is not unhealthy for you or your family—but these minerals are potentially harmful to your plumbing system.

Fortunately, just about any home with hard water will benefit from a whole-house water softener. Read on to learn several ways how.

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5 Tips to Help Your AC Run Better

May 25th, 2020

air-conditioner-with-clipboard-on-topAny air conditioning system in the Ashburn area is going to get quite the workout each summer. Fortunately, modern cooling systems are very durable and can take the heat!

But, how much do you typically expect to pay for your air conditioner use each year? The costs of staying comfortable indoors can be steep—but you could also be paying more than necessary for your energy bills. There are a number of ways that an AC system can lose energy efficiency over the years and start raising your utility bills as a result.

There are also many ways to boost a cooling system’s efficiency and cut down on your costs. We’ve shared 5 tips below on how to do just that!

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Plumbing Problems vs. Emergencies: When Should You Make the Call?

May 11th, 2020

plumber-hands-working-on-plumbing-under-sinkIt pretty much goes without saying that a plumbing problem never happens at a convenient time. Does any problem ever happen conveniently, after all? Still, though, there are certainly some problems that are more urgent than others, and taking care of these urgent needs is an essential part of our professional plumbers’ jobs. We’re always ready to come to your rescue and fix your plumbing problem, no matter what it might be, and no matter when it might be.

Read on as we uncover several of the most common plumbing emergencies we get called for. We assure you, if you’re experiencing one of these issues, it counts as an emergency and it’s time to pick up your phone and dial our number!

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Can You Prevent Plumbing Problems?

April 27th, 2020

closeup-of-sink-p-trap-with-leakWhen it comes to home comfort problems, there are a few that you’re more likely to experience, with plumbing issues being at the top of that list. Yes, they’re inconvenient, and yes, they’re very common. This is particularly true if you live in an older home with as equally old pipes.

Fortunately, however, there are some steps you can follow to prevent plumbing problems. Investing in routine video pipe inspection, for instance, allows our plumbers to get a close look inside your pipes and make sure that there are no buildups that could lead to obstructions, pinhole leaks, or in the case of your sewer line, even tree root infiltration. Read on as we uncover a few of the most common plumbing problems we get called for, as well as some tips on how to avoid them.

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How NOT to Treat Your Plumbing

April 13th, 2020

pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-on-itDid you know that the #1 plumbing problem plumbers get called for is drain clogs? Just about every homeowner, at some point, has dealt with a clogged up or slow-moving drain. Our professionals manage to unclog drains in homes all the time!

We know it’s tempting to reach for a bottle of store-bought, chemical drain cleaner when this happens. That’s the easiest and quickest solution after all, right? Well—let us give you a different perspective.

Chemical drain cleaners are caustic! Sure, this means they may eat away at your clog enough to restore water flow. But it will be temporary at best and will eat away at and corrode your plumbing at worst. This is exactly how not to treat your plumbing—and down below we’ve shared some other “don’ts” when it comes to how you’re treating those pipes.

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Signs Your Plumbing System Needs Help

March 30th, 2020

plumber-working-on-pipe-under-sinkThere’s something tricky about plumbing leaks and other problems. They tend to hide really well! They usually happen behind walls and sometimes even under the foundation of your home, in the form of a slab leak. Therefore, they’re pretty undetectable.

Sure, some plumbing issues are obvious, such as a clogged drain or a leaking faucet. You don’t really need to know any “signs” of these since they’ll be apparent.

But for your hidden pipes, a leak or issue can occur and go unnoticed for a long period of time and do some damage in the meantime if you’re not attentive to your plumbing system. For these issues, there are signs you can watch out for. Read on as we uncover some of them.

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